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Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar makes snowy entry into presidential race

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Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar addresses a snowy rally where she announced she is entering the race for president Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota has a long history of seeing its U.S. Senators run for president.

Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and Walter Mondale all have pursued the Oval Office, and a couple of them actually became vice president.

Now, add Democrat Amy Klobuchar to that list of candidates.

Klobuchar announced her campaign for 2020 Sunday at a snowy outdoor rally in Minneapolis.

The third-term Senator is considered the best-known presidential candidate from the Midwest so far in the 2020 race.

Klobuchar mentioned her parents, a newspaper reporter and a teacher, while speaking of her background. Among the things she saw as important issues, one was protecting voting rights.

Klobuchar takes pride in her bipartisan cooperation. She did not say President Donald Trump’s name during her speech.

She did, however, ridicule the conduct of “foreign policy by tweet” and said Americans must “stop the fear-mongering and stop the hate. … We all live in the same country of shared dreams.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted — one of 12 Sunday tweets — about Klobuchar’s rally,  making a “joke” about the weather, instead of climate.

To that, Klobuchar added that on her first day, she would have the U.S. rejoin an international climate agreement that Trump has withdrawn from.

Political experts think Klobuchar might have a geographical edge in the Iowa caucuses, being from a neighboring state.

News reports have come out criticizing Klobuchar as being difficult to work for.

Klobuchar admits she “can be tough,” and says she has high expectations for the people who work for her.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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